Riding Run Trail
ElevationAscent: 422' 129 m
Descent: -383' -117 m
High: 1,013' 309 m
Low: 749' 228 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“Lots of steep climbs and technical portions—and incredible views.”— Maggie Olson
What Makes It Great:
For about two miles of the four-mile trail, you’ll feel like Little Red Riding Hood wandering through the forest. But instead of a wolf, you’ll encounter deer flies, pileated woodpeckers, and rabbits. Coyotes patrol the park as well, but you’re more likely to hear them than see them.
A little ways down the trail you won’t be able to miss all the vines twisting into abstract art, two sturdy pedestrian bridges awaiting footsteps, and a monolithic oak. Unfortunately, roots and other trip hazards render this trail very challenging for children and folks who are unsteady on their feet.
Who Will Love It:
Anyone looking to work up a good sweat. Clevelanders who moved downtown to renounce a stop-and-go commute but still want to retreat to the woods once in a while will like the quick half-hour highway drive to the trailhead. Injury-prone people and those who are afraid of losing their wi-fi connection will like the fact that Everett Road and Wheatley Road border two-thirds of Riding Run, making civilization just a hop, skip, and jump away. Those who like nature but don’t want to be touched by it won’t have to dodge low-hanging branches or trudge through tall, possibly tick-filled grass.
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